#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.
Plot: Once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, and a gifted horse trainer, young cowboy Brady is warned that his riding days are over after a horse crushed his skull at a rodeo. In an attempt to regain control of his own fate, Brady undertakes a search for a new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of the United States.
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Greetings again from the darkness. Sometimes the universe creates its own balance. Watching this little independent gem the day before watching the new Avengers movie reinforces what a diverse art form the cinema provides. Writer/director Chloe Zhao continues to make her presence felt as a filmmaker, and movie lovers are the beneficiaries.
While filming her feature film debut SONGS MY BROTHER TAUGHT ME on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in 2015, Ms. Zhao met Brady Jandreau, a rising young star on the rodeo circuit. She knew a movie was in their future, but it wasn’t until the following year when the story wrote itself. Brady suffered a severe head injury after being bucked by a bronco. He was in a coma for 3 days, and a metal plate was screwed into his skull. Doctors warned Brady that riding a horse again could kill him.
This is not a documentary, but it’s pretty darn close. Brady Jandreau plays Brady Blackburn, a rodeo bronco rider and horse trainer who is recovering from a severe head injury. Mr. Landreau’s real father Tim and sister Lilly also appear as themselves. In fact, most of the characters are locals rather than actors, and many (including the Jandreaus) are part of the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe on the reservation. Also playing himself is Lane Scott, Brady’s best friend who is now paralyzed and unable to speak – the tragic result of another rodeo ride gone wrong. These two are like brothers, and their interactions provide some of the most emotional moments in the movie.
The film is more cycle of life, than circle of life. It’s about having a lifelong dream snatched from your clutches. We follow Brady as he searches for his new place in life. Campfire confessions with his rodeo buddies portray the bond created by risking life and limb. His mother is dead, and Brady’s dad has spent a lifetime telling him to “cowboy up” – meaning, be a man and fight through every situation. Now dad is telling him to “let it go” and “move on”. This contradicts his friends who encourage him to not give up on his dream.
Brady’s moments with his sister Lilly are some of the sweetest and most poignant. Despite her autism, Lilly is precious as she sings songs and offers clear insight to her brother. This is less about acting and more about being. Guns, horses, and pot play significant roles throughout, as does the stunning South Dakota landscape as photographed by cinematographer Joshua James Richards. The intimacy of Brady’s internal struggle somehow dwarfs the breathtaking sunsets. His quietly simmering intensity is masked by a stone face that only seems to brighten when around friend Lane, sister Lilly, or training yet another “unbreakable” horse.
Rather than traditional story arc, this is simply a compelling way of life for people who put up no false fronts. Brady is trying to figure out how to be a man after life has stolen his dream. One’s purpose is essential to one’s being, and thanks to filmmaker Zhao we witness how one tough cowboy fights through.
A Truly Beautiful Picture.
Sometimes the best movies to see have very little special effects. Sometimes the best movies are very similar to one’s own life. That is very much true with Chloé Zhao’s contemporary heartland western. The characters play iterations of themselves in the badlands of South Dakota. Names and events have been slightly changed for dramatic purposes.
The film centres on Brady Blackburn (whose real last name is Jandreau) who lives in a modular home with his imperfect father and mentally challenged sister (and are his real life family members) who has always dreamed about making it big in the rodeo circuit. But he suffered a near death accident with his skull. He now has a massive scar at the side of his head and his right hand sometimes gets seizures. He gets a job at a supermarket and does does not give up on hope. He even visits his best friend, Lane Scott in the hospital. Lane was a circuit guy like Brady, but suffered an accident similar to Brady’s but has been left in much worse condition. It is truly heartbreaking to see Lane. We see Brady, but Lane is so much worse. Despite knowing that he could end up like Lane or even have THE worst fate happen, Brady cannot imagine himself doing anything else. It truly hurts that he can one a rodeo cowboy.
Taking place is America’s heartland, Zhao is able to photograph beautiful images of mountains, clouds, and desert areas. Much of this movie is filmed with handheld cameras, but we are still able to see exquisite landscapes and beautiful animals. The general look of this film is a great reason to see this. Yeah it’s no ‘Dr. Zhivago’ or ‘Gandhi’ but this arthouse picture comes as close to those images as possible.
‘The Rider’ has a very unoriginal story: a dreamer is told not to pursue his goals, but he cannot imagine doing anything else so he rebels. The difference between this and others is it’s authenticity. Everyone here are friends and family of an untrained actor who the movie hinges on. Brady gives one of the year’s very best performances. Any less from Brady and this movie could have been a bust. We gradually become invested and immersed inside Brady himself. At the beginning he watches his accident on his phone. I, at least, felt nothing. The phone took up too little space on the screen, plus we don’t know this guy. By the end, every move Brady makes we feel hugely. And it does not take long before we get inside Brady and feel everything he does to a great degree.
I loved this more the second time watching it. As time grows on, I might love it even more.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 44 min (104 min)
Genre Drama, Western
Director Chloé Zhao
Writer Chloé Zhao
Actors Brady Jandreau, Mooney, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau
Awards 24 wins & 47 nominations.
Production Company Caviar, Highwayman Films
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arri Amira, Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses
Laboratory Color Collective
Film Length N/A
Negative Format ProRes 4444
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), ProRes 4444 (3.2K) (source format)
Printed Film Format Digital (Digital Cinema Package DCP)